Of or relating to the development of new technology, or to a period characterized by this; specifically of, belonging to, or designating the most recent stage of industrial or post-industrial development. Compare palaeotechnic , "eotechnic".
The term was popularized by Lewis Mumford in Technics & Civilization, and applied especially to the period between the late 19th century and the Second World War (1939–45).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. From neo- + technic.